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Brandt, Chmelik maintain alliance role to abolish tribe treaty rights: Oh goody: election season again!

Letter: David Bearman Kooskia

Thinking globally and speaking up locally, kinda like those crazy olde-tyme hippies used to suggest. I wonder if Idaho County’s taxpaying voters realize how many hundreds, or even thousands, of Idaho County dollars commissioners Skip Brandt and Jim Chmelik spent so they could keep playing an active “Indian-hating” role in the North Central Idaho Jurisdictional Alliance? This group seeks to further commit cultural genocide on North American Indians by completely abolishing, say, Nez Perce treaty rights — like their Supreme Court-affirmed hunting and fishing rights. Yes, the Nez Perce, whose culture and ancestors have lived and thrived hereabouts continuously for at least 13,200 years (other sources says 14,500-14,800 years, but for the moment I’ll go with the lesser number), while “white,” primarily northern-European invaders have only been present for a couple hundred years.

Actually, Skip Brandt only wants to be an Idaho County Commissioner again (representing everyone except the “Indians,” of course), while Jim Chmelik wants to be Lieutenant Governor. Republicans, Democrats, Independents, “Christians” or whatever label, is this the kind of people Idaho County folks want in control of Idaho County or state policy-making? We’ll see, eh? Wouldn’t it be interesting if the state and county of Idaho took the lead in being the only governments to honor just one treaty with the original inhabitants of North America? Will that happen with the re-election/election of these two wonderful humans? The evidence suggests the answer is no.

David Bearman



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